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Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum

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Address: Curraghboy, Athlone, Ireland
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+353 90 648 8192

No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk...

No trip to the midlands is complete without a visit to the Derryglad Folk Museum, which is hidden in south Roscommon in a land of lakes and rivers.The collection deals with Farm & Folk life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past.The museum is privately owned and run by the Finneran Family and houses a unique 25 year collection of over 5,000 items. These include; horse-drawn machinery restored to the original working order, tradesmans tools and buttermaking equipment. For those with an interest in the lifestyle of bygone days, the Museum hosts laundry memorabilia, old and rare washing machines, 1930’s old-style thatched bar & grocery, old-style sheep shears, radios, gramophones and a large collection of 78rpm records, shop dockets and bill-heads, sports display McCormacks photography room where the contents include dark rooms finishing r D & P line, camara’s enlargers and B & W colour processors. as well as much, much more.Derryglad Folk Museum is an ideal destina­tion for school tours, ICA Guilds, Ladies Clubs, Farming Groups, Vintage Clubs, Historical So­cieties, Day Care Centres and many more

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We visit the derryglad folk &heritage museum on our trip to Athlone well worth the money plenty to see and lovely owners who love to meet people and show them around a step... read more

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visit the derryglad folk &heritage museum on our trip to Athlone well worth the money plenty to see and lovely owners who love to meet people and show them around a step back in time if you are visit Athlone go and enjoy yourself you won't be disappointed

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Ballina, Ireland
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

We arrived before they had opened for the season, but a lovely couple very kindly welcomed us, and showed us around. They have a massive collection of household items, farmyard implements, shop, schoolroom creamery, camera and photo room and so many other things of interest from days of yore - anyone would enjoy this and it's NOT expensive

1 Thank Eily1961
Athlone, Ireland
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

this museum contains a wonderful collection of memorabiia - everything from farm implements, old household goods, a school room, shopping items (even a Galtee cheese box!), football programmes etc - well worth a visit but be warned, give yourself plenty of time!!

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

really enjoyed a couple of hours here . excellent find. would highly recommend a visit here. family run business and will gladly fill u in on the history of the items

1 Thank Karen S
Athlone, Ireland
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Wonderful concept. Full of historical interest. Amazing recon of an old classroom complete with slates (original copies!!!!) Even the milk bottles left by the fire. Loads of pieces of interest. Well worth a visit

1 Thank doveandhawk
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

It's a short drive out of athlone but is worth every bit of it. Young or old there is so much history here you'll definitely find it fascinating

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Lovely set up, everything beautifully restored.All sorts of everything of a historical nature from antique switches to horse drawn farm machinery,Great place for a picnic too

2 Thank Peter O
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

We were on our way back to where we were staying and came across this museum. We were with our American friends. The owner was in and told us to start on the side walls and look up also. There was so much to see and we all started remembering using the items in childhood. We spent at least an... More 

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Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We visited at start of November. We didnt realise it was closed or if we had of made an appointment that we could have visited. It closes from October to March the notice said. We still got out and looked at the yard..even it was very interesting. If back in Athlone I will try to go back.

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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Literature doesn't describe what an interesting place it is to visit. It is well worth the visit has so many interesting cultural items one could easily spend hours there where is also very nice great for families of children to see how people lived not too long ago!,,,

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